Have your say in the National Student Survey 2021

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THE National Student Survey (NSS) 2021 is now live at the University of Chester. If you’re studying on a course leading to undergraduate credits and are in your final year, you may be eligible for the NSS. Keep an eye out for your invitation email being sent on January 14, or visit www.thestudentsurvey.com to find out more now.

What is the NSS?

The NSS is a nationally recognised annual survey of mainly final year undergraduates in the UK. The survey provides students with an opportunity to give their honest opinions on what they liked about their course at the University of Chester as well as things that they feel could be improved. The survey is administered by Ipsos MORI, an independent market research agency on behalf of the Office for Students (OfS), so responses remain completely anonymous at all times.

Who can complete the NSS?

Most students in their final year of study on courses leading to undergraduate credits or qualifications (such as Bachelor’s Degrees and Foundation Degrees) will be surveyed. Any undergraduate students who were eligible in the NSS 2020, or are not yet eligible for the NSS, will get their chance to complete the UK Engagement Survey (UKES) later this term. Postgraduate students also get the chance to use their voice later this term, with those studying a taught course able to complete the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) and research students offered the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES).

Why should you take part?

The NSS provides you with the opportunity to provide feedback on your student experience from across the whole of your time with us at the University of Chester. Your feedback will be used to identify areas of excellence and also improve the student experience by helping us enhance our teaching and resources for future students. For example, the NSS feedback from previous students has been used to enhance the PAT system, help shape a university-wide assessment review, and support the introduction of Student Race Advocates.

The survey only takes around 10 minutes to complete, and eligible students who complete the survey will have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw with the chance to win a 13” MacBook Air, one of four iPad 10.2” or one of twenty £50 Amazon vouchers.

What happens with the results?

The NSS results are made publicly available on the Discover Uni website to help prospective students, their families and advisors make informed decisions of where and what to study. Providers and supporting Students’ Unions also use the data to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses to bring about change and enhancements to improve the learning experience for future generations of students.

Need more information?

If you need any further details, advice or support regarding NSS 2021 at the University of Chester then please visit the dedicated Portal page, or contact the Academic Experience Enhancement team, AQS (studentengagement@chester.ac.uk).